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Food, Stressful Food

Let me start with a disclaimer: I’m not looking for advice. I have my own ideas about what I’d like to feed my kid and when.

Now, on to the real stuff. I’m fascinated by the wealth of contradictory advice out there regarding what and when to feed your child. It borders on the absurd. Forget about the books for a moment. Forget about your mother’s advice, what you ate and when you ate it when you were raised. Forget about all the anecdotal evidence (both personal, secondhand, and thirdhand). Let’s, just for a brief moment, take a peek at the medical profession. I know there’s the AMA. They have opinions and suggestions about everything, right? You’d think that if all the doctors could get together and just make a decision once and for all on well, anything, we might be a little less confused. Not so.

Allow me to back up a moment. I took the little guy for his nine-month wellness visit today. If you’re a stats person, he’s 20 pounds, 2 ounces and 29 inches long. Good stuff. Anyway, the topic of food came up and the doc says I can pretty much give him anything at this point. Another disclaimer: He’s not saying I should give my kid a handful of peanuts or a bowl of popcorn. He knows I’m not a total spaz. So the issue of eggs came up. Here’s the thing…I’ve read no yolk, only yolk, and no eggs at all yet. He says they’re fine (citing some abstract research, of course). Again, I have my own opinions, but the contradictions within the medical profession alone astound me.

So I’m putting the question out there and hoping you moms and dads will post some of your experiences. What were you told about eggs, peanut butter, and any of the other controversial offenders? I have a hunch we can amass our own, albeit small, list of conflicting advice. I’d also be curious to know what your ultimate decision(s) on these things were. Please post your comments here on the blog so we can get a little chat going.

And don’t get me started on the should crawl/doesn’t need to crawl issue. That’s a whole different post entirely!

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10 thoughts on “Food, Stressful Food

  1. Hey there Michelle, so in regards to eggs. I was told to start with yolk, and I did everything by the book for Sean.

    Once I went through all the baby food jars dilegently, 3 days each new flavor. I went through all the meats and then I tried a jarred country ham medley thingy from beech nut. After my three days of that I was onto hardboiled, pan fried..etc. Carefully extracting the yolk.

    Honestly he hated eggs until about 2. Emma on the other hand, turned 1 and timidly I tried them scrambled. I must have forgetten the yolk only advice. So I waited for a day that my husband was home waiting for the inevitiable (or so I thought) reaction. Since she has so many allergies to food I thought the worse. Now she is an eggaholic.:)

    So also in regards to peanut butter I was told 2, but held off thinking until 3 due to Emma’s allergies. Afraid that Sean might kiss her or something…but that flew out the window once Emma was ok with eggs. Though I am pretty good at making sure his hands and face are truely clean after his almost daily peanut butter sandwich with banana.

    Since Emma is going to a specialist he told me that the jarred meat baby foods have lactose in them as a perservative. Which both my kids are intolerant to. And that berries and cherries are a major allergy and that they shouldn’t be in baby foods. It’s funny to hear these things after the fact…well not very funny more like makes me pretty angry.

    So despite all this, I find it is best to be your own best advocate for your kids and you should talk all the advise in and chose what is the best for you. That is what I find great about having other friends with kids the same age, I can get their peds advice and determine what I feel is best for my kids. I mean hey…Emma is allergic to bananas….who ever heard of that?

  2. Wow, have I just stumbled into a whole new world! I definitely know that food and nutrition is way more complicated than we are generally led to believe and takes a lot of mommy detective work, but all of these different theories… Crazy.
    My daughter, Moira, is just 9 weeks old and I have already seen a complete change in her (all for the better) since I cut out corn and nightshade vegetables. Not sure when it is possible to have kids medically tested for allergies, but I would recommend that people find a kinesiology practitioner. Muscle testing can really give you great insight into intolerance and allergies without blood tests.
    I look forward to exploring your blog further – you have such great readers and commenters!

  3. I had also heard 9 months for egg yolks and 1 year for the whites. I think we started giving Vieve eggs right around her first birthday. She now eats one every day. As for other foods, I read a great book about feeding your baby, but I think it was pretty conservative about when it was okay to start common allergenic foods. I followed it for a while, especially since I was worried about additional allergies on top of the dairy and soy, but finally gave up and gave her almost anything around 11 months. When we went to her 12 month pedi appointment I asked if there were any foods we should be avoiding from here on out and she told us that we shouldn’t give her shellfish or nuts until 2. We’re going to follow that since I’m paranoid about a nut allergy since my cousin has one. The shellfish isn’t an issue, though, since she’s a veggie anyway. 😉

  4. Kathianne on said:

    I have always heard 2 years for peanut butter. However, I think that both my boys were eating it by 13 months though I probably would have waited. For Nathaniel, my nephew (who was 11 at the time) gave him Honey Nut Cheerios instead of Cheerios and he was fine. For Nick, my father gave him peanut butter and jelly while I was at work and he, too, was fine. I guess having them exposed early made me much less stressed foodwise because I no longer feared that they would have peanut allergies – especially since I Love peanut butter in any form. As for eggs, I heard you can start with egg whites around 9 months and then yolk a little later. As for me, since I cannot stand eggS or the smell of eggs being cooked, I did not really gstart giving either one of them eggs until after they were around a year or so.

  5. eggs: 16 years ago, was told I could give them to my one year old. he kept pushing the spoon away, then 20 minutes later was vomiting, with his eyes swollen and a rash on his chest.
    peanuts: don’t remember what I was told for the other kids, but had an interesting conversation with my pediatrician about this a few months ago. he said that during the time period when mothers were told not to give peanuts before some certain age ( 3 maybe?), peanut allergy actually increased, and now they think its better to give peanuts younger, unless there is a family history of peanut allergy.

  6. Christina on said:

    We started giving Bella eggs at 9 months. Our doctor said to try the yolk first for a few days and then we could add the white too. I used to just pan fry an egg and give her the yolk cooked through, then we started doing scrambled eggs or cheese omelets. As far as peanut butter, our doctor recommended waiting until 2 years, but we actually gave it to her a few months before that since there was no history of allergy in our family. PB is now one of her favorites! Regarding berries, our doctor never mentioned holding off on them, but a friend of mine said they were told not to give strawberries until 1 year. It seems like there is a lot of conflicting info out there!

  7. peasoutmama on said:

    Bridget, so interesting that you were told no eggs until one year and here my doc says they’re fine. What’s that all about?! And thanks for bringing up strawberries. So even though Lucas won’t be having eggs, can he and does he have products with egg in them (cake, pancakes, etc.)?

    • Bridget on said:

      Right now we have him off all dairy. Even though he’ll probably always be allergic milk and straight up dairy having it in baked things shouldn’t affect him too much when he’s older. But, we’ll see. We’ve actually been making the pancakes, etc w/ soy milk and egg substitutes for him and he likes it. We do occasionally let him have pasta b/c he LOVES it. His allergy is more bowel related if you know what I mean. He doesn’t break out in hives or anything like that. And, he might be lactose intolerant which is actually different than being allergic to dairy. But until we can have him tested we won’t know.
      From what I’ve seen a lot of kids are “allergic” to strawberries before one in the sense that their skin is sensitive to it (remember Wyatt’s first birthday cake and his Joker face?) Maya breaks out in hives all over. Another thing I was always told not to give the kids before one was raw honey. It wasn’t only the sticky factor, there’s something in it their systems just can’t process. Love the idea of giving kids peanut butter for the first time at their doctor’s office or at the ER!

  8. Bridget on said:

    6 years ago w/ Wyatt, the controversial things were ok after the first year and Wyatt was fine w/ them. Pretty much the same 5 years ago w/ Olivia. 3 years ago w/ Maya, eggs ok after 1, peanut butter not until 18 months or more. This past 17 months w/ Lucas, none of it until after 2, and peanut butter maybe not until 3. Turns out Lucas is allergic to dairy and is on soy milk, etc so we won’t be giving him the eggs anyway. Pretty sure Lucas has been exposed to peanut butter as it’s Maya’s favorite thing to eat, but we haven’t given it to him directly yet since he does have other allergies. Figure it’s better to be safe, the other allergies are really the only reason we haven’t given it to him. We wouldn’t have waited until after 18 months for eggs if he hadn’t been allergic to the milk at one. We didn’t wait that long with any of the other kids.
    Each kid is obviously different but I think that if they’re allergic to something it’s going to eventually come out no matter when you start them on a certain food. I know there are some studies saying differently but I’m not convinced. I think if you start after one and they seem fine, and then later become allergic that the allergy was there already. But in most cases a one year old isn’t eating enough of it for them to necessarily show a big reaction to it. Finding out they have an allergy seems more a cumulative process in most cases but I don’t think it’s caused by them eating the food too early. We found out Maya was allergic to strawberries only after she had strawberry jam on her PB sandwiches for about a week. She was at least 2 1/2 and it was all she’d eat for lunch. But I don’t think for a minute we caused the allergy and that she wouldn’t have had it if she hadn’t had strawberries before that. Bottom line, read what you can but go with your own intuition about your child. There are studies that say us moms are usually right when we follow our gut feelings!

  9. jrfrong on said:

    I was told nothing about eggs. Gave JP an egg when he was a baby and he booted. Didn’t think anything of it. Turns out, he’s allergic to egg whites. But didn’t find out til he was 3 when I got him allergy tested. He can eat things with egg baked into it, and since he booted and never wanted to try eggs again, I didn’t realize it was an allergy.

    I think no peanut butter/peanut products til 2 is pretty standard from what I hear, but my doc told me to wait til 3, because my niece has a peanut allergy. Turns out, JP has peanut allergy. But the allergist said there is no familial link—that it’s just coincidence. I did give Tommy peanut butter before he was even two because I just knew that if JP was going to possibly eat it, he would too and he’s the type of kid who would pick up food off the floor and eat it so I wanted to know! So I gave it to him around 1.5 and he isn’t allergic.

    I would just suggest, and I mean strongly suggest, when you do give Freddie peanuts or peanut butter, to do it in the parking lot of an ER. That’s what we did and I was SO glad because JP had a severe and immediate reaction and you don’t want to be in the position of even being minutes away from an ER in a sitch like that. It was really scary and we were at a hospital. Of all the things I’ve done good or bad as a parent, this is the one thing that I’m grateful I did right.

    I think most foods are okay provided they’re not a choking hazard. And I think that’s one of the fears with sticky peanut butter.

    Hope this helps? If my little guy would get some teeth that would surely be helpful! HE has two bottom teeth and like half of a top tooth. WTH!!!

    :)muffintopmommy

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